But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

For the Church - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 15:10

The Problem of Superstitious Christianity

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“Mingled vanity and pride appear in this, that when miserable men do seek after God, instead of ascending higher than themselves as they ought to do, they measure him by their own carnal stupidity, and neglecting solid inquiry, fly off to indulge their curiosity in vain speculation. Hence,...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 15:05

The Other Side of the Promises of God

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“But dad, you promised!”

I hate breaking a promise to my kids. I do everything in my power not to promise them something that I cannot deliver. But, on occasion, something unforeseen will happen and I’ll have to eat crow and tell my kids that I cannot do what I said I was going to...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:05

Good News For The Easily Bruised Conscience

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“Lighten up and take it easy on yourself.” To a left-brained recovering legalist who’s given to viewing the world in black and white, phrases like these have chafed at me for as long as I’ve been a believer. Those of us with rather sensitive consciences often agonize...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:05

The Illusion of Control

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It’s not just that how you think affects what you do. What you do affects how you think.

This starts early. If you have a spelling test in 4th grade, you read and write the words over and over again. You spell them out loud. You practice the double “n” in mayonnaise a few extra...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:05

Comparison . . . The Thief of Joy

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The hunt for self-esteem is everywhere. Advice on how to achieve it can be found in parenting articles, business coaching, and the self-help section of every bookstore. According to the Harvard Business Review:

"Self-esteem is . . . considered the bedrock of individual...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 15:15

A Simple Definition of Leadership

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Leadership is a buzz word. A simple Google search will return thousands of books, podcasts, and blog posts. You’ll get leadership as it applies to vision, to strategy, to principle, and everything else.

But what does it mean?

See, when a word becomes a buzz word, its meaning...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 15:10

Man's Praise and the Divine Accolade

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Stuffed into the bottom of a closet in my parents’ home is a cardboard box containing every sports trophy I have ever received. I played four sports growing up, and played one of them until I was 18 years old. I note the length of time played because it is, after all, how long one plays, not...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 23:00

20 Quotes from 'The Imperfect Disciple'

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The Imperfect Disciple debuted a little over a year ago, and I’ve been keeping an eye on what lines seem to resonate the most with readers, at least according to what I’ve been able to seen on social media. Below are 20 quotables from the book that seem to have landed well with others....

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (4/23)

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The Disciple-Making Shift

Alvin Reid writes about the mindset change Christians need when it comes to discipleship. 

A Single Woman's Place In The Church

"We must appreciate our single sisters... for the people they are... We need them and they need us." - Courtney Reissig

Lessons From The Worst...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:05

Better Together

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I’m a science fiction dork. Half of my reading list this year is “space operas.” One hallmark of this genre is that they often include a merry band of space pirates who discover a new planet and send a drone down to observe the unsuspecting inhabitants. The inhabitants tend to be...

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 15:15

How Close

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"Him hath God exalted."-- Acts 5:31

Jesus, our Lord, once crucified, dead and buried, now sits upon the throne of glory. The highest place that heaven affords is his by undisputed right. It is sweet to remember that the exaltation of Christ in heaven is a representative exaltation. He is exalted at...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:45

Pastors Churches: Don't Celebrate Brokenness

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Have you noticed the latest buzz word tossed around Christian circles?

Brokenness.

Listen, and you will hear it. Songs in worship gatherings and on Christian radio contain it. Churches use it on their websites to describe their culture to potential visitors. Pastors and leaders stand on stage and...

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Prophecy can be perilous. Take the example from Ezekiel 13. God’s Word comes to Ezekiel to prophesy against the prophets of Israel: “Woe to the foolish prophets, says the Lord God, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” (13:3). These false prophets say...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 15:15

The Leader and Abuse of Power

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In Matthew 4, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Throughout the account, the nature of Satan’s temptation is toward the abuse of power.

Satan first entices Jesus to turn a stone into bread. Jesus had fasted for forty days up to this point. His...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 15:10

Navigating Through Difficult Seasons

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Apparently, I’m middle-aged. At least that’s what the folks who categorize these things tell me. As I move deeper into middle-agedom, I’ve slowed down. I’ve lost hair. I talk about the good old days more and I have a growing desire to yell “get off my lawn” for...

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I just watched the new Rob Bell documentary. It’s entitled The Heretic. Here’s a better title for it: The Fundamentalist: Rob Bell Walks Through Airports. I’ll explain what I mean below, and encourage you to look for the early April podcast I just recorded with Isaac...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:05

God’s Shepherding Ability

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Ever struggle to make decisions? I sure do. Recently, someone came to me for advice on making a pretty big decision in their life, and I want to share with you a key thought that came out of the conversation.

Here it is: “Have more confidence in God’s shepherding ability than in your...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:05

Living By The Prophet's Words

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Prophets like Moses and Paul, John and Isaiah had amazing encounters with the Lord. But we are to step out in faith without having similar experiences. You should not expect that God has to prove that what has been written is required of us by an additional vision, appearance, voice, or impression.

W...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 15:15

Be Countercultural and Enjoy Your Work

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The Bible in its ancient context was a profoundly countercultural document. Its creation account revealed a single, omnipotent ruler. There were no shenanigans; there were no death matches with other gods. There was only Yahweh. It presented a lofty vision of humanity created in God’s own...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 15:10

Shooing Flies in the Pulpit

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I had a strange experience recently.

As I preached our 7:45 Sunday worship service, a fly buzzed up to the pulpit. He landed near my Bible. He jumped on the microphone. He sat on my shoulder. That thing was everywhere! The little fly was a big distraction.

I have preached in many churches where...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 15:15

My Left Knee

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I hyper-extended my left knee playing pickup basketball 22 years ago. At that time it was the worst pain I’d ever experienced. (I have since had a kidney stone, and let me tell you: I’ll take the knee.) One moment I was guarding my man, and in the next, somehow he was jumping into my...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 15:05

Drawing Near To God Through Sanctification

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Eve opened her eyes, surrounded by the lush green landscape that made up the garden where she and Adam had lived since being created. Everything was good. Life was spectacular. However, it wasn’t just the abundance of plant life and animals that made their life so good. They were in the...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (4/16)

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The Powerful Purpose of Marriage

Tish Hedger helps us view marriage "from God's vantage point." She explains "oneness" through a scriptural overview. 

Worry: A Barometer of Our Faith 

Worry shows us what we believe about God and who we are. Michael Kelley writes this helpful post on how to...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 15:15

God's People Need Lifting Up

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"Lift them up forever."-- Psalm 28:9

God's people need lifting up. They are very heavy by nature. They have no wings, or, if they have, they are like the dove of old which lay among the pots; and they need divine grace to make them mount on wings covered with silver, and with feathers of yellow...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:05

The Beatitudes for Today

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Matthew 5:3–12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be...

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